The Convict and the Rose by Jan Sikes
They say true love conquers all – and the couple in ‘The Convict and The Rose’ really puts this notion to the test. He’s a honky-tonk-hero country musician with a sharp tongue and a lot of miles under his boots, and she’s a naïve former go-go dancer nearly two decades younger than him. But the differences in age and experience between Luke Stone and Darlina Flowers are the least of the obstacles they must overcome – if their love is to survive, it’s gotta get past hundreds of miles, a forty-foot wall, and a fifty-year prison sentence, among other things… When Luke is sent to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary to serve time for his supposed involvement in a bank robbery, he urges Darlina to go on with her life, and tries to find reason and hope to go on with his. But no matter what pits and peaks they experience in their own separate lives, their love for each other remains constant and steady, and the connection between them only grows stronger with time – and so, too, do they. Both Luke and Darlina undergo major transformations as their stories unfold, and, in the end, they’re much better off than where they began.
‘The Convict and The Rose’ by Jan Sikes is a story about love, perseverance, and finding harmony in life. From the first page to the last, it shows two underdogs climbing to the top, and it’ll have you rooting for them – and their reunion – the whole way. Do they ever get back together? What trials and tribulations do they experience while apart? To answer these questions right now would spoil the surprises in a compelling love story you’ll definitely want to read for yourself. And, as compelling as it is, it’s also based in fact. The characters and storyline were inspired by real people, circumstances, and events, and the text is rich with photographs and excerpts from actual letters, interviews, and original poetry and songs.
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